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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
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564 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beerparrot
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was disappointed as I expected more heat, it was very mild and bland considering the best by of Nov. 2014. I was only 2 months off. Oh well.

Photo of amalburg
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acostuhhh
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tlema1
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kristougher
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BreweryRun
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish Cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!" Brewed in the style of a Chile Ale. Released as a one-off collaborative effort between New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing in 22 oz. bottle and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy pastel white over a moderately hazy amber body with lively and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Pale malt aromas with a touch of caramel bread for sweetness. Aromas of peppery, grassy hops with mild fruit notes are complemented alongside aromas of ripe peppers, fairly vegetal and herbal, but they add hints of tingling heat and complement the bit of sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Subtle bready caramel and pale malt body with soft tropical yeast-borne notes is mildly amplified with the flavor, rather than the heat, of Anaheim and Marash chilies, which generate a soft vegetal and earthy flavor as well as bitterness without going overboard on the heat. This beer is relatively easy to drink for a Chile ale due to the accessibility of the flavors and mildness of the chile heat. It finishes on a subtle heat of mild pepper juice before a solid note of dry Spanish Cedar lingers on the back end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily slick, mildly chewy and softly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a smooth frothiness and low crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is equally earthy and peppery bitter to sweet. The alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A well-made Chile beer despite my reservations about the style itself. I think these two breweries found a solid niche in that chiles can be used to generate bitterness and flavor as well as heat, and thus come in handy as the occasional unique additive. We need to see more beers like this, and less that focus entirely on the extreme heat shock-factor. This beer was a pleasant surprise. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Cigar City Brewing + New Belgium Ale
3.53/5.00

Photo of zimm421
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mr-jj
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is clear orange-amber with a three finger white head with long retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nice - some pine and light fruits. Flavor is fruity and light on the palate followed by the chilies. Not very spicy or hot, but definitely a distinct bite and flavor that mixes with some mild bitterness on the finish. Body is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer that blends the chili flavor nicely without overpowering the base of the beer.

Photo of kell50
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BobsledTM
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, clean taste. Would like a tad more heat. If it had a lower ABV, it would be a good session. Nice!

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3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of hansenm72
2.25/5  rDev -35%

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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GTJayG
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Kono52
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +15.6%

New Belgium Brewing - Lips Of Faith Series: Cigar City Brewing X New Belgium [Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chilies] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

Many "LOF" brews have caught my eye, but this is the first one that I've come across that nobody I immediately know has tried... It poured a medium looking body with a exuberant orange hue and brilliant clarity, also producing a nice rocky 1.5 inch head... A decent amount of carbonation helps the head retain a decent cap as is dissipates, leaving a solid amount of lacing just from the head... A light hoppy note is the first to introduce itself with the spiciness close behind... Boasting a small amount of earthiness also, but no one aroma jumps into the spotlight... Immediately the spiciness hits the palette accompanied by a sweetness as well as a decent amount of carbonation... Midway it develops some smoky, almost nutty characteristics with a nice bitterness keeping my palette on it's toes... The finish is bold, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, all adding to a very well rounded brew... The spice I assumed this beer would have is definitely there, but is very well balanced by the sweetness and (mostly woody) earthiness... It lacks an intrinsic complexity I assumed all LOF series brew would possess, but in this case, "less is more" was classfully pulled off in this delightful ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.